In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan

This is the fourth book in the Memoir of Lady Trent series.

Published: 2016

Genre: historical fantasy

Length: 350 pages

Setting: Akhia, a Middle Eastern equivalent country, soon after the events of Voyage of the Basilisk

Summary: Short version: Off to the desert to study dragon rearing Continue reading

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Armada by Ernest Cline

I enjoyed Cline’s first book (Ready Player One) and decided I was in the mood for some science fiction. This fit the bill.

Published: 2015 (just shows you how long books stay on my TBR list before they get read sometimes)

Genre: science fiction

Length: 349 pages

Setting: Beavertown, Oregon, present day

Summary: Short version: All those alien fighting video games were secret training for the real thing Continue reading

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Willing by Premee Mohamed

This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.

Published: March 2017 in Principia Ponderosa

Genre: fantasy

Length: 10 pages

Setting: a prairie, felt like 1800s

Summary: Short version: Cows are an inspiration to prevent the sacrifice of a child Continue reading

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The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

I’ve seen this book in several lists of excellent graphic novels. Each time, I check to see if my library has it. Finally they did and I snapped it up.

Published: 2018

Genre: historical fiction graphic novel

Length: 277 pages

Setting: pre-WWI Belgium

Summary: Short version: Frances, the dressmaker, is hired to make dresses for Prince Sebastian to wear Continue reading

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These Are the Rules of Being a Hero by Emily McCosh

This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.

Published: September, 2016 at Daily Science Fiction (it’s still available to read for free at that link)

Genre: super hero fantasy

Setting: totally generic

Summary: Short version: Read the title Continue reading

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

This was my book club’s choice for October. I’d heard good things about it recently and was happy for the excuse to read it.

Published: 1943

Genre: fiction

Length: 493 pages

Setting: Brooklyn, 1900s-1920s

Summary: Short version: An unapologetic view of growing up in Brooklyn in the early 1900s. Continue reading

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Halloween 2018

It’s Halloween, which means no one wants to read about books. Everyone wants to look at Halloween costumes and consume too much candy. Both of my kids dressed up as characters you can trace back to a book, so I’m counting it as a blog post tonight.

Mr. Curiosity went as Harry Dresden from the Dresden Files series. No one recognized him, of course.

He’s got a staff, a blasting rod, and a pentacle necklace. I made him put a glow stick around his staff so he wasn’t completely black for trick-or-treating.

Miss Adventure was more easily recognizable as an oompa-loompa from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Even with the walking boot accessory and having to wear a raincoat for the weather (a bit drizzly), she was recognized several times. They got a ton of candy, of course, half of which is going to the Candy Fairy. Miss Adventure will get some new colored pencils without broken lead inside (at least until Miss Adventure drops them on the floor multiple times) and Mr. Curiosity is getting the next book in the Dresden Files series (how appropriate).

Hope your Halloween was enjoyable!

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